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    #1

    Which one is correct?

    Which one is correct?

    "I don't know what did he ask about".

    Or

    "I don't know what he asked about".

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    #2

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Which one is correct?

    "I don't know what did he ask about".

    Or

    "I don't know what he asked about".
    As they stand, only the second one is correct, but with some small modifications and in the right context, the first one could also be correct.

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    #3

    Re: Which one is correct?

    /A learner/

    I am afraid, neither one.

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    Which one is correct?

    "I don't know what did he ask about".

    Or

    "I don't know what he has asked about".

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    #4

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/

    I am afraid, neither one.
    The second one is correct, your version with "has" may not be wrong but it's not natural.

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    #5

    Re: Which one is correct?

    e2e4, with respect, you posted a contradiction to a member with 10,000-plus posts, a member who is a native English speaker and an English teacher.

    If your post had been within minutes of his, and perhaps you hadn't seen it when you posted, I would have understood. But three hours later, you come along and say he was wrong.

    Does that seem like a logical approach to you?

    Do the native speakers make mistakes? Sure we do. But if you thought his answer was wrong, there are other ways to go about it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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